MYLES GIBSON'S ZIG TIPS: STEP 1

Myles uses big leads for his zigging, at least 4oz.

MYLES GIBSON'S ZIG TIPS: STEP 2

To ensure that the hook remains pin-sharp, he casts off an unhooking mat if the ground is remotely unsuitable.

MYLES GIBSON'S ZIG TIPS: STEP 3

Fish tight lines, with bobbins right up at the rod blanks when zigging. Bites can be finicky.

MYLES GIBSON'S ZIG TIPS: STEP 4

An anti-tangle sleeve is essential to keep the long links from tangling.

MYLES GIBSON'S ZIG TIPS: STEP 5

Myles uses Mixa and Wide Gape patterns for his zig work. They are sharp, strong and both feature wide gapes.

MYLES GIBSON'S ZIG TIPS: STEP 6

Little sections of Mouth Trap make for subtle hair stops!

MYLES GIBSON'S ZIG TIPS: STEP 7

To increase the attractiveness of his hook baits, Myles flecks them with black permanent marker pen.

MYLES GIBSON'S ZIG TIPS: STEP 8

Never ignore the effectiveness of plain old black foam!

MYLES GIBSON'S ZIG TIPS: STEP 9

A pot of 12mm pop-ups makes for a good change of hook bait.

MYLES GIBSON'S ZIG TIPS: STEP 10

Always spend time scanning the surface for signs of fish in the spring - they can be very subtle and binoculars will help!

Myles Gibson's Zig Tips Mechanics

Myles Gibson is an experienced zig exponent and he's caught some huge fish on the method, including a 40b common from pressured day-ticket water, Christchurch Lake. He'll often be found with three baits fished high in the water column during the spring and winter, when others are persevering on the bottom.
We've put together a series of tips from the man himself to help you catch carp on this effective method. For details of how to tie a zig, see the other sequences in this section.